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Knights Ferry News for October 28, 2009

POSTED October 27, 2009 8:58 a.m.

Thanks go out from Knights Ferry School to Lynn Duckworth for donating and installing a converter box for the television in the cafeteria. They get over 20 channels now.

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Remember Sunday is the world famous PUMPKIN ROLL in the Ferry. It starts with breakfast at the Odd Fellows Hall, craft fair in the clubhouse, shops open, kids carnival by the Orange Blossom 4-H, and the rolling for five years and under gets under way on the tennis court at noon. All the rest roll on the street starting at 1 p.m. There will be food booths and kettle corn for your munching enjoyment. This is year 46 for the event!

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The Knights Ferry third and fourth graders went to Angel Island last Thursday to tour the Immigration Station. This place was built and put into service in 1910 and called the Ellis Island of the West. Designed to control the flow of Chinese to this country, it was primarily a detention center. It was abandoned in 1940. Emma Fallentine liked taking the ferry ride to the island and seeing the Chinese writing on the wall. Eden Cassinetto enjoyed the tour and saw the bunks where the Chinese slept. Brandon Carroll liked walking through the Immigration Station. They were not prepared for the 140 steps up the cliff or the hike to the station. The day was crystal clear after the morning fog burned off and all enjoyed the trip.

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The school children will be parading through town on noon Friday to show off their Halloween costumes. Bring your lawn chairs and a large bowl of candy and enjoy the “Trick or Treat.”

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At the MAC meeting last Thursday, Oakdale Rural Fire Department reported there were three incidents that happened when Station 2 was open and two incidents when the station was closed because of the “brown out.” Gary Haywood of Stanislaus County Public Works reported that the dead tree on Orange Blossom had been taken down and they were working on trees and limbs from the big storm. Incidents were reported by the Sheriffs Department, not much happening in the Ferry. Jason Faridi from the U.S. Army Corp reported on the upcoming Salmon Festival to be held at the park on November 7th. The salmon count in Ripon is 50 percent higher than last year. The Corp will be removing trash trees soon. There is a new park manager, Dwayne Johnson, who took over this month. He had been stationed in Knights Ferry years ago. Welcome! Raul Melendez told of the one opening on our MAC, Sally Goehring will be leaving her position in December and as there will be no meetings in November and December she was thanked at this meeting. She was awarded a gift from the county for her service.

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Welcome to the world Ocean Ingram. She was born October 4 to Steve and Kassandra, who moved from the Ferry to Oakdale recently.

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Merna Jergentz, former long time Knights Ferry resident, was honored on her 83rd birthday with a party given by her children. It was good to see her and Ed and their lovely Oakdale home.

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Knights Ferry Garden Club President and Vice President were unable to attend the Valley Lode District meeting in Sonora so Maureen McKibban and Linda Morris went in their places. They enjoyed the program on vermiculture (worms) and how to raise them for their worm castings for fertilizer. On their way to Sonora they had an encounter with a very nice California Highway Patrolman.

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